New England Patriots rumors: Tom Brady is coming home Week 4

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The New England Patriots full schedule will be released later today, but the one game that all New England fans have circled on their calendars has already been confirmed.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be coming to Foxborough Week 4 of the 2021 season.

Within minutes of Tom Brady signing with Tampa last off-season, everyone on social media seemed to realize at the same time that the Bucs and Patriots were slated for a match-up in 2021.

At the time, Patriots fans had no idea what the team would look like come Brady’s return, and boy has it changed a lot.

The New England Patriots a team filled with familiar change

Cam Newton is now QB1, coming off a very forgettable season. Belichick spent a ridiculous amount of money in free agency to reconstruct and improve both sides of the ball, notably the pass-catching group. And on top of that, drafted a QB in the first round who plays the game a lot like No. 12.

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Kyle Van Noy is back after spending just one season with the Miami Dolphins. Julian Edelman, Brady’s No.1 option the last time he stepped foot in Gillette, is now retired. Trent Brown, after a few season with the Raiders, has returned to anchor our offensive line.

With all the changes New England has seen over the last few months, the complete opposite has been true in Tampa. Not only did they re-sign Rob Gronkowski, Ndamukong Suh, and Antonio Brown, they will have the exact same starting line-up on both sides of the ball from their Super Bowl winning roster. This is the first time that will happen in the salary cap era.

The obvious storyline for this match-up will be Bill vs. Tom. Once Brady won No. 7, all we heard was Tom could do it without Bill, but Belichick couldn’t do it without Tom. I don’t understand that line of thinking, personally, but that’s an argument for another day.

The potential headline that I’m looking forward to? Tom breaking the all-time passing record.

To put it in context, if Brady averages 289 yards per game through Week 4, he’ll break the record in Foxborough. And to me, that would make for the perfect homecoming.

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It may cost my life savings, but I plan on welcoming Tom back with open arms. Then hoping the Pats stomp out the Bucs on Sunday night.